From the tranquil N Phoenix TH, walk past the gate across Phoenix Road a couple hundred feet to the apparent trail on the right. Work S without difficulty through the ancient forest (without much for views) 31/2 mi up about a dozen enjoyably graded switchbacks and turns to the three-way juncture with Phoenix Trail heading left (SE). Continue straight (S) on N Phoenix Trail at the bench up the steepening ridge; see above for clues 1/2 mi to Marys Peak, if you like, as it’s never terribly difficult.
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ELEVATION: 2920 ft within Sheep Rock Unit; 2450 ft within Painted Hills Unit; 1800 ft within Clarno Unit, with vertical gains of around 2000 ft total including all walks listed.
DISTANCE: 10 mi total round-trip including all walks listed.
DURATION: Most of the day or 2 days to visit all three units and the museum.
DIFFICULTY: Mix of easiest to moderate. Partially paved paths, gravel, only steep momentarily on longer hikes, well-traveled, best in late winter/spring, slippery when wet or muddy, rattlesnakes possible in summer.
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